France to Prosecute Total Over Iranian Contracts

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Total SA will face corruption charges in a French court related to contracts made in Iran in the 1990s, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Houghton Goes Digital to the Core

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Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, two years out of bankruptcy, is counting on Common Core standards to drive demand for school curriculum products with both print and digital components. A Boss Talk interview with Linda Zecher.

PC Short-Term Outlook Improves, but Caution Lingers

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The outlook for worldwide personal-computer shipments improved after a better-than-expected third quarter, but caution remains, International Data Corp. said Tuesday.

Merrill Lynch's European Unit Pressured on Risk Management

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British regulators are pressuring Bank of America’s European investment-banking arm to improve the way it manages risks, saying its current practices are “simplistic” and need to be retooled.

Home Depot Facing at Least 44 Civil Suits in Data Breach

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Home Depot said Tuesday that it faces at least 44 civil lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada related to a widespread data breach the home-improvement retailer suffered earlier this year.

Hormel Foods Sales Rise 9.5%

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Hormel Foods., one of the biggest U.S. meat processors, said sales in its key refrigerated foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store segments helped offset a slowdown in its specialty foods and grocery products segment in the fourth quarter.

Tiffany Sales Miss Expectations on Soft Results in Asia

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Tiffany & Co. said its sales rose 5.3% in the October quarter on robust growth in the Americas, its biggest market, but results missed expectations as the company’s Japan and Asia-Pacific markets delivered weaker performances.

CFOs Don't Trust Cheaper Gasoline to Fuel Holiday Sales

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Santa’s sleigh could be turbocharged by cheaper gasoline this holiday season, even if finance chiefs in the retail sector aren't ready to promise investors stuffed stockings.

After a Good Start, Health Enrollment Faces Test

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The second year of Affordable Care Act insurance enrollment began without the widespread technical meltdowns that frustrated consumers last year, but the next few weeks will test whether HealthCare.gov can continue to operate reliably.

The Rules on Capital-Loss Deductions

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You typically can deduct as much as $3,000 a year in capital losses from your ordinary income. You can carry unused deductions into subsequent years until they’re used up.

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